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ICYMI™: Gilmer County’s 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report

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What is the quality of your drinking water?

What are new developments and initiatives conducted by the Gilmer County Public Service District?

Where does your water come from?

How is it treated?

The answers to these questions and more are included in the 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, the latest report issued by GCPSD.

Click HERE to review and print the report.


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G-BizBuzz™: Sand Fork Diner

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A new eatery in Sand Fork, WV is getting quite the welcome from the community.

The new Sand Fork Diner on WV Highway 5 opened April 1st of this year, and a lot of people who have come out to the restaurant say they are glad to see another place to eat pop up.

Throughout the day people come to the Diner to grab a bite to eat inside or carryout. The community has been waiting for a place to dine and many say the wait was worth it to get something different and great.

“I moved to Sand Fork about a year ago from Charleston, and so it’s awesome to see that a town the size of Sand Fork can have some opportunities for some restaurants that are known to bigger cities,” said a customer.

The want to open a restaurant came from the couple, Ben and Shannon Donaldson already having an existing business with a deli inside.

Since they live in Sand Fork, it was easier for them to open something closer to home and where there was a need for business activity.

The restaurant is in the heart of the city, and an easy stop for families to pick up something to eat when they get off work.

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Timing is right with it being summer time, people go out to eat more.

“It’s a lot more convenient and faster,” said a resident.

She added something different is a plus.

“We eat the same thing all the time and it gets boring sometimes so variety is always good.”

Some Glenville State College students, say they are in the same boat and go out to eat all the time.

“This is another one [restaurant] college students can enjoy,” said Johnny, a student.

He said he is glad this option is now offered very close to the college.

Ashley, who is also a student at GSC, said there are several choices in Gilmer County so another option is always good.

In the short two months that the restaurant has been open, Ben and Shannon Donaldson have had many compliments on not only the food, but the want for something outside of Glenville for shorter drives.

The couple will continuously be adding new items all the time and will be looking to add delivery service in the near future.

They are always looking for new food ideas and suggestions, so feel free to let them know what you think.

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Gilmer County Students Graduate from GSC

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Fifteen students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

  • Anthony K. Aviles of Glenville received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management with a minor in Mathematics.

  • Jonathan E. Clark of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Teayria G. Cool of Sand Fork received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Conner T. Ferguson of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Marketing with minors in Nonprofit Leadership and Political Science.

  • Landon P. Gumm of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management and Marketing.

  • Meghan Harubin of Normantown received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Christina L. Jenkins of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with minors in Behavior Disorders and Social Work.

  • Brandon S. Nelson of Glenville received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Amber J. Richards of Troy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Social Work.

  • Brett M. Rinehart of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management and a minor in Accounting.

  • Jason D. Rosenburg, II of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Field Forensics.

  • Tiffany D. Somerville of Linn received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Zandel M. Sponaugle of Cedarville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Alexus C. Sprouse of Normantown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Brianna R. Yost of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in History.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

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Gilmer County Students Honored at GSC Hidden Promise Dinner

Thirteen Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars (HPS) were recognized as prospective graduates of the Hidden Promise program at a ceremony held on April 27. Among those students were Gilmer County residents Teayria Cool, Landon Gumm, and Brandon Nelson.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr welcomed the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments. “We acknowledge the hard work and stamina that will be celebrated as a milestone in your personal and professional lives - your college graduation. I hope that the Hidden Promise Scholars program has been purposeful to your achievement. This ceremony formally joins this year’s students with 75 earlier graduates of the program,” said Barr.

Following a special dinner in their honor, the students gave brief remarks recalling their times at GSC and in the Hidden Promise program.

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(l-r) Hidden Promise Program Interim Director Stacy Adkins, Teayria Cool, and GSC President Dr. Peter Barr


Cool, from Sand Fork, West Virginia, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science degree. During her time at GSC she was a member of the sorority Alpha Theta Xi and worked in the External Relations and Off-Campus Programming offices as a student assistant. She plans to continue working at GSC and further her education. During her comments to those in attendance, she praised the opportunities that the Hidden Promise Scholars program provided her.

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(l-r) Hidden Promise Program Interim Director Stacy Adkins, Landon Gumm, and GSC President Dr. Peter Barr


Gumm, from Glenville, West Virginia, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. While a student at GSC he was a member of Phi Beta Lambda, participated in the Student Government Association, and worked as a student assistant in several offices around campus. After graduation he plans to work in marketing or public relations. In his remarks, he expressed his gratitude for the opportunities the HPS program provided him and lamented that the years “have flown by faster than I could have imagined.”

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(l-r) Hidden Promise Program Interim Director Stacy Adkins, Brandon Nelson, and GSC President Dr. Peter Barr


Nelson, from Glenville, West Virginia, graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. While at GSC he was a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild and theater honor society Alpha Psi Omega, in addition to being an active participant in GSC Theatre. He plans to obtain employment with the Department of Justice or as a technical computer security specialist. In his comments he stressed the importance, and difficulty, of acquiring a college degree. “That’s one of the best things about the Hidden Promise program; that you have peers and staff who you can talk and relate to, and not fall through the cracks,” he said.

In addition to accepting a plaque and commemorative class ring, the students also inscribed the Hidden Promise Book. In signing the volume, Hidden Promise Scholars commit to ‘always accepting the obligations and the challenges of guiding the young to education, knowledge, and love of the human spirit; to demonstrate respect for all people, and cultivate the trained, yet free, minds appropriate to sustaining and advancing a democratic way of life; and to striving to become knowledgeable, ethical, caring citizens who embody the qualities that the Hidden Promise program fosters.’ The students were all eligible to participate in GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Along with the graduating students, two other recognitions were made. Current Hidden Promise Scholar AJ Howard, introduced First Lady Betsy Barr and HPS Program Director Teresa Sterns to be recognized with honoris causa standing. “You have both shown undaunted perseverance and unflagging loyalty from the very beginnings of the Scholars program. You have given selflessly to a program that has fashioned a vital pathway to higher education for untold numbers of students. For many of us, you have been mentors, sponsors, friends, and role models,” he said.

The Hidden Promise Scholars program is a component of GSC’s Hidden Promise Consortium. The program is an alliance between Glenville State College and county school districts throughout West Virginia and in Ohio and Connecticut aimed at improving communication between higher education and teachers, staff, and students in grades eight through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the curricula of K-12 and higher education.

Students are often inducted into the program while still in high school after being chosen by their school counselors, teachers, and principals. The scholars mentor with current college students and take part in campus visits and annual summer camps. Upon high school graduation, HPS students who opt to attend GSC receive a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable annually throughout their enrollment as a full-time student.

For more information on the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Interim Program Director Stacy Adkins at or 304.462.6054.

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GCHS: WV Governor’s Honors Academy

Two juniors will represent GCHS at the 2017 Governor’s Honors Academy.

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  • Caleb Skinner is son of Alton and Theresa Skinner of Sand Fork, WV

  • Samantha Lamb is daughter of Traci and Jonathan Rexroad of Sand Fork, WV

 

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WV Math & Science

Three Gilmer County High School students have been selected to attend the WV Governor’s School for Math and Science this summer. 

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  • Ean Hamric, son of Amber and Thomas Hamric of Sand Fork, WV

  • Scott Price, son of Misty Smith and Todd Price of Glenville, WV

  • Sara McCumbers, daughter of Sharlet Wagoner

These GCHS students will explore math and science through hands-on research and examine the relationship between STEM and sports.

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TOWN OF SAND FORK Veteran’s Memorial Dedication

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The Veteran’s Memorial Dedication of 4th and final granite plaque in Town of Sand Fork took place Sunday afternoon May 21, 2017.

Many local veterans and family gathered for this solemn ceremony and reading of the names of Sand Fork area and Gilmer County soldiers. 

Present also were Delegate Boggs and wife Jean.

Weather was stormy so we invited 125 plus people into our spacious Town Hall for the ceremony.

Local VFW did presentation of flags with familiar music to all branches of service.

NATIONAL ANTHEM was sung a cappella by Melissa Hess.

Origin of the “Buddy Poppy” and poem IN FLANDERS FIELD were read by Beverly Montgomery.  “Buddy Poppies” were given to everyone present attending, compliments of local VFW.

Scripture and remarks were given by local minister Bryan Groves.

Prayer was offered by veteran and Preacher Bill Hunt.

Special speakers for the occasion were introduced by Mayor, Jim Tatman.

James “Bud” Spaur, a 95 year old WWII veteran and Buck Edwards, another local but younger veteran gave glimpses into their service to our country.

After the reading of the names on the 4th plaque, TAPS was played by Kaylene Snyder, a local GCHS student.

At the conclusion of the program, refreshments were served to people as they stayed to visit and take pictures around the Memorial outside of Sand Fork
Town Hall.

This was a solemn and meaningful occasion for many of our families.

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James “Bud” Spaur was born September 22, 1924 in Braxton County, WV.

The family moved to Gilmer Station, WV in 1932 and Bud attended Gilmer School for 6 years and then started school at Sand Fork School.

Here he joined Boy Scouts of America troop at Sand Fork High School of which Nelson Wells was scoutmaster.  Members of this troop also included Bill Burke, June Skinner, Rusty Burke and Bob Marshall.

Bud said he did not graduate from Sand Fork High School because WWII had started and he enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 at Great Lake, Illinois for basic training.  Then he went to gunnery school to become a gunner’s mate.

Upon graduation he was sent to Treasure Island, California awaiting permanent duty assignment.

He was assigned to DD592 USS HOWARTH (a destroyer ship) and began duties as a gunner’s mate using the 40mm machine gun.

They then sailed to a base at Bremerton, Washington for a shake- down cruise down to Mexico then to escort a dry-dock in New Guinea which is north of Australia.

Bud said “my ship was assigned to battle groups and participated in 7 theaters of action engagements before WWII ended.”

Battles of USS HOWORTH DD592:

Morotai, Leyte, Ormoc, Mindoro, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa

Bud saw much action during these days of battle.

Bud was honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon discharged Bud says he returned to Sand Fork and started general contracting and for many years contracted work in Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding areas.  Bud was trained in blueprint reading and had his own crew of 60 men working for him before he returned to Sand Fork in 1960.

After returning to Sand Fork he resumed contract work building and remodeling houses, churches and funeral homes in a 60 mile radius.
Bud said he has resided in Sand Fork ever since.

Bud Spaur is now a 95 year old veteran of WWII and Sand Fork is proud to call him “one of our heroes”!

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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•  May 10, 2017 -  Joshua Jackson of FCI Gilmer divorced Sylvia Jackson of Columbus, Ohio


•  May 15, 2017 -  Emily Stuart (26) of Shock, WV divorced Jerama Stuart (23) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Rocky Jamison (60) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Wendy Jamison (34) of Weston, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Felicia Hall (27) of Glenville, WV divorced Daniel Ray Hall (29) of Cox’s Mills, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kimberly Hess (27) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Jeremy Hess (30) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kristan Ramey (29) of Glenville, WV divorced Eric Ramey (38) of Glenville, WV

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

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Glenville State College 2017 student teacher interns (L-R) Brittaney Burdette, J’Aime Shearer, Jon Reid, Tiffany Somerville, Jerrica Hilbert, Meghan Harubin, Chuck Lynch, Kim Smith, Sara Rollins (not pictured: Kaitlyn Bircheat)


Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.


Brittany Burdette of Ripley completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia. She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.


Meghan Harubin of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.


Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.


Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.


Sara Rollins of Macfarlan completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia. Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


J’Aime Shearer of Weston completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump. Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia. She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.


Kimberly Smith of Harrisville completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.


Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia. She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

Gilmer County Schools March-April 2017 Newsletter

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Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Steve Jones heard cases in Family Court in Glenville today, February 01, 2017.


•  One divorce was granted with Bridget Freeby (58) of Sand Fork, WV divorcing Douglas Freeby(49) of Kunkletown, PA.


•  Guardian ad litems were appointed in 2 domestic violence cases and they were continued.


•  One domestic violence petition was terminated.


•  Temporary orders were entered in 2 divorce cases.


•  No order was entered in a case scheduled for contempt.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 01.17.17

Here is the video of the Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting on January 17, 2017.

In this meeting there were fabulous presentations by Gilmer County Elementary School students which you should watch.

At this meeting nominations were held to fill two Board Member vacancies due to resignations per WV Code 18-5-2.  After due consideration the following nominations passed by unanimous vote of the Gilmer County Board:  Mike Triplett and G. Dave Ramezan

Other topics were: Available programs through Gilmer County Extension Service, Use of Normantown Elementary School, Possible Purchase of one of Outdoor Buildings in Normantown and .....

The video shows the entire meeting:

Sand Fork Town Council Notice of General Election

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Filing Dates—January 10—January 28, 2017

Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 
Gilmer County Schools   Closing at 12:30 PM
Braxton County Schools   Closing 1 Hour Early
Calhoun County Schools   Closing at 12:00 PM
Doddridge County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Lewis County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Ritchie County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Barbour County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Clay County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Harrison County Schools  
Nicholas County Schools  
Pleasants County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Roane County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Tyler County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Upshur County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Webster County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wetzel County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wirt County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wood County Schools  
Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700


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